BSB: Josh Brookes takes race two WIN at Brands Hatch.


Josh Brookes claimed victory in race two following a dramatic dogfight with his Be Wiser Ducati teammate Scott Redding on the last lap.

Josh Brookes stands at the top of the podium after race two of the British Superbikes Championship at Brands Hatch.

At the start of the race, Brookes took the advantage from Jason O’Halloran and Christian Iddon with Tommy Bridewell in close contention. Redding was fighting back but running wide at Druids dropped him back into seventh and he had work to do to catch his title rival.

Brookes was trying to make a break but Christian Iddon had become his next challenger on lap three when he fired the Tyco BMW ahead of O’Halloran. However, Iddon was soon under pressure as Bridewell had moved into third place for Oxford Racing Ducati and was up to second by the end of the fourth lap.

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Redding was carving his way through the chasing group and by lap seven he was into third place with a move on Iddon into Paddock Hill Bend. However he had to fight for the place with Iddon briefly reclaiming the positon before the championship leader dived back ahead.

The leading trio then were a breakaway pack with Brookes ahead of Bridewell and Redding in third, but the former MotoGP rider was attacking hard and he waited until there were just two laps remaining to make his move.

Redding then had Brookes in his sight for the victory, but the 2015 champion wasn’t giving up without a fight and the pair’s battle for supremacy went down to the wire on the final lap.

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As the pair crossed the line inseparable going into Paddock Hill Bend for the final time, Redding made a move to claim the lead, but Brookes was determined and he made a lunge at Druids to regain the advantage.

Redding was looking for an opportunity but Brookes had the measure of his teammate as the pair crossed the line separated by just 0.119s, with Bridewell claiming third place.

Tarran Mackenzie had moved into fourth place behind for McAMS Yamaha to bounce back from his crash yesterday, pushing Iddon back into fifth with Danny Buchan holding sixth place ahead of O’Halloran.

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Peter Hickman was eighth in the penultimate race of the season with Andrew Irwin and Taylor Mackenzie completing the top 10.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race two result:

Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 1:25.890s

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Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.119s

Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +0.796s

Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +7.240s

Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +8.236s

Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +8.753s

Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +9.771s

Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +12.478s

Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +18.246s

Taylor Mackenzie (Tyco BMW) +20.862s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings ahead of the final:

Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) 681

Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 667

Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) 616

Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 580

Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 556

Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 547

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